Monthly Archives: January 2016

How long do I need to allow for dental implant recovery?

I’m getting dental implants in a month and my boss is asking how long I’ll need to take off for recovery. What is typical?

Oscar – Maryland

Oscar,

It’s hard to answer that question for you without knowing more about your situation. Are you getting one dental implant? Are you getting an entire arch done? Is it the top arch or the bottom arch? Will you need any bone grafting done or do you have enough healthy bone to procede with what you already have?

To give you a very rough estimate, if you only needed one implant and no extra work done, you could likely resume work the next day. You’ll be sore, but some pain medicine will take care of that. But, on the the other end of things, if you need your top  arch done, it could take a week of pretty good down time.

I don’t know if that helped, but it will at least give you a range to go by.  This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.

Drunk at the Dentist

I am so humiliated. I needed to go to the dentist, but I have a deathly fear of them. I drank some wine before my appointment. Apparently, I drank more than I expected, because the dentist had to call my husband to pick me up.  I was drunk.  It’s the worst experience of my life. I still have to get this toothache taken care of, but I don’t think I can do it without some form of alcohol.  Can you help me?

Jane H. – Baltimore

Jane,

I’m sorry for your experience. That must have been quite a disheartening. I can assure you there is a way to get you through your experience at the dentists without any alcohol whatsoever.

Additionally, you can do it competley pain-free.  Ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. This can enable you to get a lot of dental work done without having to deal with your anxiety.

You will need someone to drive you to and from your appoitment, because you’ll be too relaxed to drive. I’d suggest  oral conscious sedation for you.

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